So where was I?
Oh yes, the mouse infested house.
We did, eventually, get rid of them all.
But, not before they ate all the chocolate Xmas tree decorations we received from our German relatives.
We had quite a few animals on the farm.
A few cows.
And about four dogs.
And two horses.
And all of them gave birth.
One of the cows had twin calves.
They were a bit small so they spent their first few days in the kitchen next to the wood stove.
And I had to get up every couple of hours to feed them.
The bigger one went back to it’s Mum but the smaller one stayed in the kitchen a while longer.
When it was strong enough I carried it out to the orchard to meet Mommy.
My poodle came with to experience the reunion.
She got between me and the mother.
Who charged her.
The dog got out of the way.
But, with my arms full of calf, I wasn’t so lucky.
Her horn caught me full on the chin.
And I saw stars.
And the sun.
And ended up on my butt.
Still clasping the calf to my bosom.
I had a bruise of note.
And the whole town thought I was the victim of domestic violence.
It gave them something to talk about.
And you wonder why I am not too keen on cows?
Still on the subject of cows.
One of them was having a bit of trouble giving birth.
And I had to soap my arms and help it.
I remember crouching behind the cow.
With my arm half way up it’s fanny.
And thinking “ I don’t frigging believe I am doing this”
It was quite an experience!
Not all the experiences were good.
Some were downright tragic.
But they will come later.